Effia Nkwanta Hospital in deficit of 300 plus Vital Signs Monitors
The only referral center in the Western Region, Effia Nkwanta Regional Hospital is in a huge deficit of vital signs monitors at its various wards and surgical center. The Vital Signs monitor is an electronic monitoring equipment that measures and displays a patient’s vital signs in inpatient and outpatient conditions.
Currently, the hospital is only managing two of these devices for the hundreds of patients that patronize their service.
General Surgeon of the Surgical Unit, Effia Nkwanta Regional Hospital, Dr Adam Zakaria has disclosed that the facility requires in excess of three hundred pieces of the vital signs monitors to enhance medical delivery. He laments that patients have had to be monitored by the two devices available on rotational basis based on the severity of their conditions. This he warned is threatening.
“Because we don’t have enough, we usually select one or two patients to monitor them on the machine…which is not good enough. As I speak our wards do not have monitors so every four, six hours a nurse would have come round to check BPs of about twenty patients. You can imagine the burden” Dr Zakaria noted.
He prayed that benevolent organisations and individuals support the hospital to procure these essential tools so as to save lives.
In a response to this need, GHACEM Limited as part of their corporate social responsibility, procured and donated two of the vital signs monitors to the Effia Nkwanta Regional Hospital. Production Manager, Eric Appiah Odoom who presented these items on behalf of the company indicated that the gesture was borne out of a need assessment taken of the facility.